Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Props to JENNIFER LOPEZ, who tops this year's Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list.
The actress, singer, and "American Idol" judge bumped LADY GAGA, last year's winner, by banking a cool $52 million last year, beating out LADY GAGA and OPRAH WINFREY. J-Lo was in 50th place on last year's list.
Oprah is in at number two, with $165-million bucks, which is more than what J-Lo earned, but the failure of Oprah's cable network, OWN, has sapped her showbiz power, for now. JUSTIN BIEBER is in at three, with RIHANNA and Lady Gaga rounding out the Top 5.
J-Lo had kinda faded from view in the last decade but the "American Idol" gig changed all that, giving her a promotional platform to turn her image around.
In addition to the $20 million "Idol" gig, J-Lo's successful comeback was fueled by a much-publicized split from MARC ANTHONY, L'Oreal and Gillette endorsements, a snazzy Kohl's clothing line, her very own fragrance, 6.6 million Twitter followers, and 12 million fans on Facebook.
The highest debut of the year on the list is KIM KARDASHIAN. She only made 18-million dollars, but her ridiculous wedding and divorce puts her in at number 7. (Marino /Maiman)
Trolling for publicity:
Some women cringe at the thought of turning the big 4-0, but CAMERON DIAZ can't wait to hit the milestone. The hot A-lister tells AbsoluteNow.com she's "so, so excited" about entering a new decade of her life next August and simply loves getting older.
Phone starter: Can she breeze into her 40's because she looks so good, or does she stay sexy because of her attitude? What's your personal fountain of youth? (Lee)
How much celebs make on TV from Us Weekly magazine:
--MIKE "The Situation" SORRENTINO of "Jersey Shore" --$100 grand an episode
--JIM PARSONS of "The Big Bang Theory" --$300 thousand dollars per episode
--MARISKA HARGITAY of "Law & Order: SVU" --$500 thousand an episode
--ASHTON KUTCHER of "Two and a Half Men" --$700 grand an episode (Myers)
Making the rounds in Tinseltown:
Actor MORGAN FREEMAN is reportedly in talks to join the MICHAEL DOUGLAS-ROBERT DE NIRO film, "Last Vegas."
As we reported last week, the film is about a group of elderly bachelors, who get together for a Sin City bachelor party for the only one of their friends who stayed single.
High heels could lead to cancer:
Those high heels may look amazing, but a well-known oncologist is warning women that they may also cause cancer or heart disease.
According to WJLA-TV, Dr. DAVID AGUS says wearing high heels causes inflammation that has been found to be the root of heart disease and cancer. New research suggests chronic low-grade inflammation can weaken the body's ability to fight off long-term diseases. (Page)
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